Shades of Blue

Marks & Spencer have just launched their new Autumn collection.

A couple of weeks ago they dropped me a little note to ask if I’d like to choose a cheeky piece for my ‘back to school’ wardrobe.

To be perfectly honest, my first response was (probably the same as yours) “M&S… really?”

I thought that they couldn’t possibly have anything that was ‘me’, that it would all be outdated and frumpy.

I was totally wrong.

The new designs are nothing like the old M&S and I (along with the rest of the country and British press) have been totally blown away, especially by their collection of oversized, pastel winter coats.

With a vast waiting list, the pink one sold out before it even hit the stores and the other pastel shades are well on their way to extinction.

I chose the baby blue number, and I’m already totally besotted with it.

It’s “oversized” so you can wear a cosy jumper underneath and wrap yourself up in it like a blanket.

Especially dreamy with the lapels folded up, keeping your neck warm.

I’m pretty sure they’ve all sold out in stores, but you can find a few left online.

I wore mine with skinny jeans, Converse All Stars (with anchors, naturally), navy jumper and rope necklace.

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For a working lunch at 202…

Followed by a drive with Kimberley, roof off, music turned up and singing along to anything that popped on the radio! (Still nice & toasty in my blanket of a coat.)

And then home for sushi and movies.

Autumn is officially here, the nights are getting longer… am I the only one who’s actually kind of enjoying it?

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  • I really love autumn but I keep getting a bit too enthusiastic with my layers & overheating.
    – Jenna ( x

    • Rosie

      I wish we could have Autumn without quite so much rain! A nice crisp New-England fall would be perfect!

      • True, but sometimes I don’t mind the rain so much. Gives me an excuse to break out the wellies & splash in some puddles!

  • love the baby blue! and you’ve styled it perfectly.. it just looks so fluffy!x

    Bumble Speaks

    • Rosie

      Thanks KB! x

  • Gaby

    It looks dreamy rosie! I’m still enjoying the sun here in the South of France but am excited to get back to London town! xxx

    The Gift of Gaby

  • Holly von Bock

    that coat looks SO good on you – i think you & your Mummy should get matching with your blue eyes! I want the pink one but am far too impatient for wait lists – gorgeous coats. I love M&S new campaign, how many cool people can they fit in one ad?! xxx

    • Rosie

      Haha can you imagine? Maybe I’ll just have to lend her mine now & again…

  • Olivia M

    You are not the only one Rosie! Summer is great but I LOVE winter dressing and all the snuggly knits, toasty socks, fab winter boots and most of all the wooly hats that go with it! I am looking for a cheery red (and not too formal) coat this year but not having too much luck – don’t suppose you have any ideas? Xx

    P.S. This is my first comment but I’ve read your blog for years – thank you for showing another Londoner London! πŸ™‚

    • Rosie

      How about this one Olivia? x

      • Olivia M

        Fallen in love. Purchased on the spot!! THANK YOU ROSIE! X

  • That coat is gorgeous! It looks super cosy. I’m off to have a look at their range. I’m also secretly enjoying Autumn. Eating lots of food and telling myself that I’m bulking up for Winter mainly!xx

    • Rosie

      Perfect excuse! x

  • This coat looks great – I think a lot of the problem with M&S for me is that all of their pictures in store have older models wearing things and it’s difficult to see it as somewhere stylish for my age group.
    Laura @ KneadWhine

    • Rosie

      You’re so right Laura, once you get past that, the stuff is actually beautiful!

  • Cate Elise

    You look so cosy wrapped up in that coat… I’m not sure I could pull that off quite so stylishly – I think I might look like I was wearing a duvet! I’m finally getting excited for Autumn now πŸ™‚ xoxo

    The perks of being a

    • Rosie

      Mmmm imagine how great it would be if you could rock a duvet to work?

  • The slow pace

    Hi Rosie!
    How are you! Actually you look quite amazing πŸ™‚ I just wanted to tell you that since you launch you’re new lay out, which is super nice by the way, I’ve been habing troubles to get to your blog via Bloglovin. Maybe I’m the only one having this problem and maybe it has nothing to do with your lay out, but I just wanted to let you know.
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  • anya

    I did a post on my new Blog (thanks for blogging 101! ) on autumn cosy jumpers.. Please can it be winter nights again soon!

  • Elisa

    omg Rosie responding to comments I must say HI! πŸ˜€

    • Rosie

      Hey Elisa!

  • Dickiegirl

    Hi Rosie, I have spent the last few weeks reading every single blog post from the beginning. Wow. What an amazing blog. I can’t wait to follow your new adventures in real time going forward!

  • Suzie

    Literally feel famous and so loved when Rosie replies to comments. It’s like she’s my virtual big sister!!! Lots of love xoxox


  • You are definitely not the only one, I’ve broken out the Barbour and been wearing leggings and boots and I couldn’t be happier!
    On the coat, you would never think it could be styled so cutely when you look at it on the website, I know M and S have stepped up the ads, but maybe the model shots should be too. You make it look great, I’m sure it will sell out quick!

  • Bethany Burroughs

    Love that coat – and I just ordered it! thanks Rosie xox

  • Amber

    Oh my god – love the coat! I wish they hadnt sold out of the pink one! Who’da thought M&S would have a comeback!

  • Autumn is by far the most beautiful season. You can still be outside quite a lot if you wish but returning home and snuggling into a blanket, drinking hot chocolate or a chai latte is priceless! Love the coat, by the way. x

  • Suz Rom

    Do you have a link to it? I can’t seem to find it on the website! And also, they style the website models so poorly! Thanks

  • Anon

    can you please switch back to the old formatting? I can’t see any of the pictures!!

  • Regina

    This post makes me want to go back to England right now! I love September in London… It’s not too cold yet but you can still wear all your cozy clothing but for now I’m enjoying home – there’s nothing like Spanish sun!

  • Kat

    M&S have had some decent clothes for the last few years now. The coat looks great on you but anyone larger than a UK 12 would look like a carebear in it!

  • Lottie Greenwood

    I just want to cuddle that coat! It looks so warm and toasty!

  • Niccy Iseman

    My love – I completely agree, i went to Marks the other week and came out with soem hot black leggings and oversized shirt – teh new collection is beaut! Pleased you think so too! Drop by when you get the chance….


  • Violet

    For the first time ever I am enjoying Autumn! Maybe because it feels like we actually got a summer this year! I just bought a pair of brown boots from M&S. I’d looked everwhere and to my surprise they had the ones I liked the best. Very comfy too!

  • Queenie Lee
  • Teresa Costanzo

    Those jackets are gorgeous. Wish they weren’t sold out. Will have to keep my eyes peeled online

  • Inge

    I want!!! They only have extra extra large sizes left so it really would look like I was wearing a blanket πŸ™ x

  • This shade of blue is definitely your colour, love the coat!! πŸ™‚

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • heidi_84

    I really love autumn. crispy cold air, amazing sun sets and cozy sweaters….but I hate it when it rains. This autumn will be super special because my baby will be born and I can’t wait to meet her!!! we are still thinking about names…..any suggestion??? πŸ˜‰

  • Emma

    I am SO in the mood for autumn now.

    That colour really suits you!

    Hmm maybe…

  • saradujour

    Baby blue is such a lovely color on you – goes with your beautiful eyes! xx

  • It’s still hot as heck here in Texas, I wish it was fall weather already. I’m ready to enjoy the cool breeze!

  • Rosie are you still friends with Phoebe? I don’t see her on your posts anymore or see the two of you talking on twitter. Love that coat by the way

  • Danielle Petch

    M&S has never my my go to place to shop, however the coat looks wonderful on you – not sure I could pull it off myself, though!
    I’m personally quite looking forward to Autumn – I get to whack out my old faithful chunky jumpers once again, so no complaints here!
    Oh and that food, my mouth is watering!

  • House of Herby

    I’m so happy with your new layout, I can finally leave comments! Wahooooo!

  • You definitely make the coat look good because on the website it looks like a factor workers overall coat… The reviews of it arent great either, gonna give it a miss as I don’t wear pastel colours and it isn’t a wool mix.

  • love M&S! they really do need to update their models…this jacket is totally not done justice on their website! You look fab in it!

  • Punky Brewster

    You are just lovely, I absolutely look forward to your daily posts, you are very atlented..and that is your colour!

  • I actually enjoy M&S items, especially the outlet stores, even though in only 21. I find that if you search you can find really nice quality pieces that don’t look too mature for me! I love the blue coat on you it makes your eyes pop πŸ™‚

    Roshni’s Journey

  • I’m definitely enjoying it. Autumn rocks!

  • AVP Accessories

    The coat looks so warm and snugly, and for some reason I really love the yellow door xD

  • Sepideh

    What a lovely jacket! Too bad they didn’t have much that I liked when I visited in August!!
    And I am enjoying autumn! (we call it ‘fall’ here in Canada because everything is falling: temperature, the leaves and the moods) but I am not too thrilled about the winter that’s around the corner!!

  • Lovely coat and the colour really suits you. I love fall, when nature changes its colours. My favourite season (minus the constant rain) M

  • cdeez

    Rosie, I love your blog, but am curious who you usually have take your photos? You look wonderful in them, and they are so well-framed. This is something I struggle with. I don’t always have the best of photographers by my side, which leads to a plethora of selfies! Help!

  • FromGemWithLove

    it’s the way they style them up, online it looks like a granny coat. On you it looks amazing, I think it’s what they pair it with. Beautiful, beautiful blue!

  • Emma.F

    Hi Rosie, I adore this coat and the way you styled it! I was just wondering if you think it would suit someone like me who’s a very petite size 6 and 5ft 1″ tall? Or do you think it would completely swamp me? <3

  • Emma.F

    Hi Rosie, I love the coat and the way you styled it ! I was just wondering if you think that the coat would swamp someone like me who is a very petite size 6 and 5ft 1″?

  • Isabel

    love the pastel blue and I’m happily surprised by M&S this year too. Personally I am welcoming the start of autumn, although am not looking forward to the cold if it’s as bad as the last two years

    A Day in the Life

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    i ADORE you and kimberley together! Looking great as per!

  • thehappinessfile

    This reminds me of that Blake Lively shoot. Perfect homage.

  • Great jacket and I love that you photographed the blues against the awesome yellow door! Fabulous!

  • Soak up the autumn now, because when you visit L.A., autumn is only something we make up for films.

  • I love the blue, it seems like everyone keeps going on about the pink but I’m not too keen. So cosy looking!

    Nat x

  • Totally love this and saw this bracelet here ( and thought of you and your shoes!!


  • Anna M

    When will you post the contest winners? Or have you already?

  • Audrey

    Hey, love the new blog layout! Great post too (; Where has Phoebe been?! Missing her!

  • Hi Rosie,

    The coat is so beautiful, perfect for winter.

    Since you have a new layout (very pretty), the links on bloglovin’ aren’t working anymore? I tried to fix the problem by unfollow and follow you but I always get a wrong link?! Help?

  • Sofia

    Wow, I love it! I just bought a blouse in this exact shade and it’s gorgeous. Lights up the whole room!

  • Yaay you got Disqus comments! I am literally so so exited about Autumn (is it bad that I’ve already planned which snuggly woolen jumper I’m wearing to the cinema tonight?). I think M&S put in a lot of effort this year to shift everyone’s perception that their clothes are probably more for people 40+. I’ve always kind of liked their clothes, not all of them, but I think if you look for it, you can definitely find some nice pieces πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a wonderful, cozy weekend Rosie, with lots of hot chocolate and other autumn trimmings!

  • I love this time of year too, especially when the sun is out and it’s not raining! Love the coat : ) and will be checking out the range!


    Boujour Rosie, I am French and I have little looks at your blog, that of sublime photo, and of beautiful place kills my to tempt to see your small paradise in Italy for your last holidays, changes nothing your blog which is sublime! As you, good day crlc Breyer Sebastien

  • The coat is gorgeous, such a pretty colour. I’m embracing autumn & am so excited about wearing all the autumn clothes I’ve bought!!

    Happy Saturday Rosie xoxo

  • Soft&Cosy

    Oh Rosie – you don’t know what you’ve been missing! M&S really have upped their game over the last few years. I almost always see something I want to snap up in there. And, as for loving autumn, don’t get me started…the best season of all is just beginning!

  • Harry Bowley

    I must admit I really do agree with The Londoner, M&S has some great buys. ( ! x

  • Eve in France

    Finding the perfect winter coat is such a problem for me, EVERY YEAR.
    This one looks great though, really cosy!

  • Daisy

    change your blog back πŸ™ πŸ™

  • Honey What’s Cooking

    I love autumn too, but not about the long nights. I still need to pick up a pumpkin spiced latte for myself. πŸ™‚
    You look so pretty in the blue coat.. we don’t have M&S in the States, I’ll look online.

  • I’ve been looking forward to Autumn for so long I can’t really believe it’s here! I’m so glad to see the back of the sun and scorching hot days where nothing seems to help the heat. That’s one of the nicest coats I’ve seen so far, no wonder it’s sold out already! I’m a sucker for coats from Zara, especially their latest winter coat collection but perhaps it’s time I ventured into other places! X

  • It looks so cozy and warm! I wish it was cold here! It’s still in the hundreds! But now you’ve got me dreaming of winter coats, boots, pumpkin spice lattes, leaves falling and brisk breezes…sigh…fall dreaming…

  • We’re Manchester City fans, so you can imagine how much we approve of the colour of this coat. It looks so dreamy! And cosy! We’re loving the arrival of Autumn too – just hate the rain πŸ™

    Eve & Faye x

    Sugar Spun Sisters – A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

  • I fell in love with one of the M&S coats the other day – they really have upped their game! It was cream/white with a lovely furry collar, I think I need it! Especially now that Autumn has set in, time to find my mittens and wellies!
    Charlotte x

  • That is such a gorgeous colour on you Rosie…I might have to go and have a look at the new range!…xv

  • blaise.dyer

    no way is that marks and spencers. they are moving onwards and upwards in my books. GIMME GIMME GIMME

    @blaisedyer (twitter & instagram)


  • Amy Francellia

    Ooh Hi Rosie!!! Maybe you don’t know my country but I watch your blog in El Salvador!! Your blog it’s perfection!! I never missed a post πŸ˜€

  • Sloane

    I love your blog- A new read for me. You are stunning and I love this coat- I might need to find a similar one.


  • Sophia Sharpley

    Love Autumn time, bonfire night, mulled wine and cosy jumpers, what more could you want?!

  • Vicki

    Amazing pictures! You look adorable Rosie!! πŸ™‚ Now I want a blue coat as well πŸ˜€

    Xo Vicki